Electrofishing: Who Knew?!!
Submitted by Leisa Wick on Thu, 2017-06-22 00:00
Hello digital observers! I am posting this today about our experiences yesterday as we were camping with no cell service to post yesterday. Honestly, I was pretty apprehensive about camping yesterday, but it really was a great experience! The University of Idaho Outdoor Recreation Department joined us, guiding us down the river, feeding us, and it was nice getting to know each of them. We had a visit from two Department of Environmental Quality summer interns Todd and Katie. They gave us a demonstration of something I had never heard of—Electrofishing. Here is my very unscientific understanding of what electrofishing is. Its purpose is to collect fish to determine many things I don’t quite understand about fish inhabiting a creek, river, etc. High voltage electrodes are placed in the water, and stunned fish cannot help but swim towards the electricity. Once Katie and Todd were finished with their testing of the small fish they caught in a net, it was released back into the river with no permanent damage done. It was very interesting. Something I wondered about was if people ever use Electrofishing to catch fish instead of using a rod and reel? We then floated approximately eight miles down the river, stopping to have lunch and to also to do water quality testing along the way—one of Marie’s FAVORITE things to do! I didn’t know someone could get so excited about testing water!
If you are not a science teacher, how do you think you could incorporate water testing and Electrofishing into your curriculum?